As ISIS dominates news headlines, attention is given to the terrorist group’s ideology, when the true motive of their mayhem is actually found in their theology. The key to defeating ISIS’ regime of terror is understanding its theology. ISIS, rather than being an “un-Islamic” distortion of the Qur’an and Hadith, adheres to and embodies the teachings of Muhammad and Islam at its core.
Johnston and Evans persuasively show that the Islamic State is characteristically and prototypically Islamic.
The Islamic State personifies evil on a scale never seen before. “We do not understand the movement… and until we do, we are not going to defeat it” – Major General Michael K. Nagata of the Special Operations forces in the Middle East.